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Book Review
Modeling WWII Figures

by: Mark R. Smith [ GUNNY ]


Originally published on:
Historicus Forma

This review is of the Osprey publication, “Modeling WWII Figures”, # 9 in the Osprey Modeling Manual Series.
The multitude of variety of Axis and Allies, uniforms, camo schemes, and weaponry used throughout WWII gives the figure modeler an inexhaustible supply of subjects, and accounts for the popularity of WWII figure modeling.

This book, using the step by step technique that has made this series so popular, is an invaluable guide to the subject of WWII figure modeling. Subjects covered in this manual range from the hot sands of the western deserts to the frigid Arctic north, and from the years of Blitzkrieg to the collapse of the Third Reich.

Another beauty put together by Rodrigo Hernandez Cabos, with photographs by Antonio Solar Garcia, Salvador Gomez Mico, and the author himself. As with all of Ospreys publications, photography is top notch, and the supporting text is detailed and very easy to read and understand.

In this book you will find individual figure subjects, vignettes, and Dioramas all explained step by step with photos and text-and I’ve got to tell you, you have got to see these model subjects!

Book Format: Paperback, 8”x10”, 64 pages with 263 color photos
BOOK CONTENT AND SUBJECT LISTING

I. British Infantryman Vignette
II. Calais, 1940, Operation Sea lion Diorama….Outstanding!
III. Afrikakorps, German troops in the Desert
IV. Memphis Belle Bomber Squad Crewman
V. German Fighter Pilot, seated
VI. Waffen SS Diorama-pretty cool!
VII. Battle of the Bulge Vignette (Both Axis and Allied)
VIII. German Fallschirmjager # 1 vignettes, both solid and camo jump smock variations
IX. German Fallschirmjager #2 vignettes, late war troops
X. German Fallschirmjager #3 vignettes, North Africa and Russian scenes
XI. Deutsches Afrikakorps #2 vignettes
XII. Normandy, 1944, German Armored and British Commando Figures
XIII. Waffen SS Panzer Units vignettes
XIV. SS “Handschar” Division vignettes
XV. SS Polizei Grenadier vignette
XVI. “Auf Weidersehen Italy” Diorama
XVII. Ski-Jager Brigada Diorama-Fantastic!!!
XVIII. Friend or Foe, France 1944 Diorama
XIX. Burma 1944, “Merrill’s Marauders” vignette
XX. And lastly, German 1945 vignette
Impressions
I’ve got to say that even though this book has only 64 pages in all, every page is an adventure and an extremely amazing journey through WWII figure painting. The tips and techniques are super, and the photos of the process are pretty hard to beat.

I strongly recommend this book to ANY modeler, not just the figure painter alone, for the techniques covered here are priceless…very detailed paint scheme charts for each subject, step by step painting technique, and supporting text is fantastic! This book and a little practice will have you turning out some really amazing pieces in no time.

Highly suggest that you buy this one and add it to your library…I don’t think that you will be disappointed.
Many thanks to Osprey Publications.
SUMMARY
Very detailed paint scheme charts for each subject, step by step painting technique, and supporting text is fantastic.
Percentage Rating
90%
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: 1841761370
  Suggested Retail: $12.95 USD
  Related Link: Osprey Publishing Official Web Page
  PUBLISHED: Jan 07, 2005
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.23%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 90.20%

About Mark R. Smith (Gunny)
FROM: PENNSYLVANIA, UNITED STATES

I have been building models of all sorts all of my life, concentrating mainly on the coolest one's when I was younger, but now I focus directly on all military subjects, from armor to warships. After years of counting rivets, I put away the calipers, dial indicators, and micrometers and now just ha...

Copyright ©2018 text by Mark R. Smith [ GUNNY ]. Images also by copyright holder unless otherwise noted. Opinions expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Model Shipwrights. All rights reserved.


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